[open-bibliography] Is FRBR too complicated?
Rob.Styles at talis.com
Mon May 24 08:58:41 BST 2010
It's not a simple model, like many things in the bibliographic world it has to deal with some rather complex and abstract ideas.
I believe FRBR could be made much more useful by tying it in with a more real-world view - perhaps relating it to other vocabularies in RDA, DC etc.
I proposed an alternative model here: <http://dynamicorange.com/2009/11/11/bringing-frbr-down-to-earth/>
What I suggest in that post is not an alternative to FRBR but an evolution, making it more concrete and adding more relations to it.
On 24 May 2010, at 01:39, Karen Coyle wrote:
> Quoting William Waites <william.waites at okfn.org>:
>> ... is a conceptual model trying to make information retrieval
>> ... presupposes a high level of understading of the model to
>> perform information storage
>> ... it's not a simple model
> William, I'm about to do another blog post on FRBR about reusability,
> but what it comes down to for me is that the Group1 entities are
> really a single entity with subparts. I have only minor quibbles with
> Groups 2 & 3. The main problem with Group 1 is that the entities are
> interdependent and cannot exist without each other, which to me makes
> them "not-entities" but parts of some whole. You have to keep in mind
> that the folks who developed FRBR have no experience with data
> definition and thought they were creating something designed for a
> relational database (but I have proof that most of them have never
> created a database of any kind in real life). Keeping in mind that
> FRBR is a conceptual model (and possibly not a great one), we should
> feel free to make it work better rather than follow it slavishly.
> Which is why I would prefer to not make any reference to FRBR in the
> UI, but to make use of it in the background if it turns out to make
> sense to do so.
> Karen Coyle
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